Susan M. Rostan is a visual artist and has an MFA from Long Island University, where she studied with acclaimed abstract painter Stan Brodsky. Her doctorate is from Columbia University where she studied gifted education with Abraham Tannenbaum and James Borland.Dr. Rostan has directed her own art school since 1970 and has served as an adjunct professor in Hofstra University’s School of Education and an instructor at the Art League of Long Island. She has conducted meticulous research in children’s artistic development, publishing well-received articles inThe Journal of Creative Behavior and Creativity Research Journal as well as chapters in several books on creativity. Dr.Rostan is herself lifelong artists whose abstract paintings have been shown in many Long Island galleries, and are prized among local collections. The author of Digging: Lifting the Memorable from Within the Unthinkable, a work of narrative nonfiction, her current work in progress is a biography of Stan Brodsky.